Cactus Mardigras #SPAF2020

Margaret Larlham
Margaret Larlham
Margaret Larlham’s pastel work has garnered national and international attention. She is a signature artist of the Pastel Society of America and is a designated Masters’ Circle Pastelist of the International Association of Pastel Societies.  Recent prestigious awards include Artist's and Illustrators Award at The 2020 Pastel Society exhibition at Mall Galleries, London, Third Place at the  2020 Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational, an Artemiranda award from the Bienal Intenacional de Pintura al Pastelin Oviedo, Spain, first Place in the International Les Pastillistes  2019 exhibition in Montreal, a Bronze award at the International Association of Pastel Societies Master’s Circle Exhibition 2019, and First Place in Borrego Springs Invitational Plein Air 2018 Festival. She paints constantly on all her travels to UK, Africa and Europe, participating  recently in an international group exhibition with the Berlin-Brandenberg Plein Air Group. As a full time plein air and studio artist she includes influences of her former career as dancer, choreographer, theatre director, and teacher at Natal University in South Africa and at San Diego State University.
Pastel on Paper
12 x 18 (framed 18 x 24)




Margaret Larlham | “Cactus Mardigras” | Pastel, 12×18, Framed 18×24 | $1315.00

“I return often to this particular field of yellow groundcover, buckwheat bushes and a veritable
sculpture garden of cacti. This year the abundant harvest of prickly pears drew my attention.
The rich contrasts of the red fruit against the green cactus pads, and the subtleties of orange and
yellow-greens tempered by aging and weathering, made for a refreshing and exciting explorative
painting.” – Margaret


This work is part of the 16th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival – a festival unlike anything that we have ever done before! A first-of-its-kind, an all-woman festival, presented completely online October 24 – 31, 2020.

Each artist will be sending in work from their own diverse locations for presentation in the Arts Center’s online Gallery. At the conclusion of the festival week, well known plein air artist Lyn Boyer of Colorado will conduct an online awards ceremony.

Artists will submit new work as it is completed, accompanied by short narratives describing their selection of place and/or their creative process. Works from the festival will be available for purchase from Oct 25 – Nov 30, 2020.

Online presentations allow for rich content that could not otherwise be experienced. Art lovers will be able to immerse themselves in presentations from their favorite artists throughout the festival. From live demonstrations, to short videos created by our festival artists all across the country, to an online gallery of new works updated daily.

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